What caused living standards to dramatically rise in the nineteenth century, after thousands of years of stagnant poverty? And is the world on track to continue this wealth explosion, or are we abandoning course in the name of stability? On this episode, Dr. Stephen Davies joins me to explore these questions.

Stephen Davies is the Head of Education at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, and was previously a program officer at George Mason University’s Institute for Humane Studies. He has also been a lecturer and a scholar at Manchester Metropolitan University and at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, where he taught both economic history and social philosophy. He is the author of 2003’s Empiricism and History, as well as the recently released The Wealth Explosion: The Nature and Origins of Modernity.



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